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The Longview City Council on Thursday will consider approving $60,200 to improve disability access throughout the city.

The first project recommended by the city’s Accessibility Advisory Committee would be to install six Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps for about $45,000. The project would include four ramps at the corner of 10th Avenue and New York Street and two at the corner of 11th Avenue and Vandercook Way.

Secondly, the committee recommends installing two ADA accessible doors on the first floor of City Hall to the Finance Department and the Public Works Department, for a total of about $9,400.

The next project would install an ADA accessible concrete pad with drainage and restroom upgrades for one Hemlock Plaza bathroom at Lake Sacajawea, estimated to cost about $4,500.

And finally, the committee recommends about $1,300 in ADA sign and striping compliance at City Hall, the Longview Public Library and the main fire station 81 on Commerce Avenue.

If the council approves the upgrades, the city would still have nearly $40,000 in capital funds available for additional accessibility projects until the end of 2020.

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The Accessibility Advisory Committee will also recommend removing Vicki VanFossen from the committee after she missed more than five consecutive meetings, according to council documents.

Also during the council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Longview City Hall, the council will hold a public hearing on a request to vacate a portion of alley right of way from Ohio Street to Ninth Avenue. If the council approves the vacation, it will then consider setting the vacation fees at about $15,100, or 50% of the land’s value, if it is determined that the land is needed for economic development opportunities.

In addition, the council will consider declaring the city’s intent to take advantage of a new law allowing cities to keep 0.0073% to 0.0146% of the sales tax collected in their jurisdictions for eligible homeless programs. City Manager Kurt Sacha estimated the measure would raise about $72,000 for Longview.

If the measure is approved, the Council Committee on Homelessness recommends requesting proposals from local organizations to use the money for rental assistance, re-housing and housing rehabilitation. Councilmen Scott Vydra, Chet Makinster and Ken Botero serve on the committee.

In other business, the council will consider:

  • Renewing a three-year contract with Gordon Thomas Honeywell for state legislative lobbying services.
  • Vacating 290 feet of alley right of way between Seventh and Eighth Avenues south of Hudson Street. The public hearing was on Aug. 9.
  • A midyear General Fund financial review from City Manager/Finance Director Sacha.
  • Approving early applications for a 61-lot residential subdivision.

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